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School dark/necromancy [death]; Level necromancer 9


Casting Time 1 standard action


Range touch
Target one living creature touched
Duration instantaneous and 1 hour; see text
Saving Throw Fortitude half; Spell Resistance yes


Your pointing finger turns black as obsidian. A creature touched by you is partially assimilated into your form and takes 20d6 points of shadow damage. Any creature reduced to 0 or fewer hit points by this spell is killed, entirely assimilated into your form, leaving behind only a trace of fine dust. An assimilated creature’s equipment is unaffected.

A creature that is partially assimilated into your form (that is, a creature that has at least 1 hit point following your use of this spell) grants you a number of temporary hit points equal to half the damage you dealt for 1 hour. These temporary hit points do not stack with other forms of temporary hit points.

A creature that is completely assimilated grants you a number of temporary hit points equal to the hit points it had prior to your attack. If the assimilated creature knows spells, you gain knowledge of one of its spells for 1 hour (chosen randomly, the spell uses your necromancer level and your casting modifier). You gain some semblance of a creature you completely assimilate for 1 hour, granting you a +10 bonus on Disguise checks made to appear as that creature during that time. You also gain a bonus to your ability scores for 1 hour for completely assimilating creatures based upon the creature’s relative hit dice related to yours as shown on the chart below.

Target’s HD Compared to Caster Bonus

9 or more greater

+4 to all ability scores

5 to 8 greater

+4 to 5 ability scores

1 to 4 greater

+4 to 4 ability scores


+4 to 3 ability scores

1 to 4 lower

+4 to 2 ability scores

5 to 8 lower

+4 to 1 ability score

9 or more lower

No bonuses to ability scores